Tuesday, November 20, 2012

All Men of Genius, by Lev AC Rosen

All Men of Genius Lev AC Rosen Steampunk
Lev AC Rosen's steampunk tale, All Men of Genius is, at first glance very similar to Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, with the protagonist having a suspiciously similar name (Violet).  A woman dressing as a man to prove herself equal, and to do what she loves is not a particularly unique plotline, but then most storylines all boil down to the same basic plots.

All Men of Genius is different in that it is set in a steampunk world, but what I love about it is that it is not just Twelfth Night slotted in. It has it's own story, atmosphere and way of pulling you into the story that makes you feel like you are reading something new.

All Men of Genius could possible be considered a work of young adult fiction, with the protagonist being seventeen, but it doesn't feel like this upon reading. The tone is older, amongst other things, but I actually think this works in it's favour. The novel manages to address not only female equality, but issues of sexual orientation and consequent homophobia, animal rights, and genetic engineering. A lot of issues to pack into one novel!

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  1. You know, I think most Shakespear could be set to steampunk :)


  2. Hehe yeah, I can just see the steampunk-related insults now...

    "Art thou gears in need of oiling upstairs, thou rusted lewdster?"


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